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Full-time: Hereford United 1 Stockport County 2
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Hereford: 4-4-2: Bittner; Gallinagh, Stam (McQuilkin 68), Graham, Carruthers; Watkins, Evans, Pell, Clucas; Marsh, Jackson (Bowman 8). Subs not used: Hanford, Heath, Sammons.
Stockport: 4-4-2: King; Halls, Fagbola, Tunnicliffe, Newton (Eckersley 66); Sheridan, Turnbull, Mainwaring, Hobson; Collins (Kenyon 46), Hattersley. Subs not used: Ormson, Meaney, Rowe.
Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).
Attendance: 1,889 (including 250 from Stockport).
Goals: Hobson, 18 min, 0-1; Hobson, 42 min, 0-2; Marsh, 78 min, 1-2.
Yellow-cards: Hereford – Watkins, foul, 89 min; Stockport – Eckersley, foul, 84 min.
Hereford had plenty of the late play but could not find the final breakthrough.
Hereford gave themselves some hope after 78 minutes when Watkins crossed for Marsh who calmly drilled his shot just inside the near post.
This left some space at the back which was nearly exploited when Hobson beat the offside trap but saw his cross put behind for a corner.
The Bulls had another opportunity on 65 minutes with a free-kick from Clucas which flew through the goal with King missing his punch completely.
The ball, however, carried too much pace for anyone to get a touch and it went harmlessly behind.
After 68 minutes, Hereford shuffled their formation replacing centre-back Stam with another midfielder James McQuilkin.
Hereford looked a little fortunate to escape without conceding a penalty after a clumsy challenge by Evans early in the second period.
But most of the action was still in the Stockport half where Hereford were struggling to create chances.
Stockport had an opportunity when the ball broke to Danny Hattersley was well blocked by Bittner.
But Hereford should have pulled one back when Watkins picked out the unmarked Bowman eight yards out only for the striker to head across goal and wide.
Hereford responded with their first on-target effort of the game, a curling shot by Pell which was fielded without difficulty by King.
Stockport won their first corner on 42 minutes and it brought the second goal.
The Bulls cleared Sean Newton’s flag-kick but only back to the full-back and his returned ball was bundled into the net by Hobson for his second goal of the game.
The play became bogged down in midfield for a spell before Evans let fly with a 30-yarder which flew a couple of yards wide.
But the Bulls came within inches of an equaliser when Evans’ pass found Marsh whose sizzling volley flashed just past the woodwork.
Another Hereford corner followed on 26 minutes and saw keeper Lewis King punch clear Clucas’ cross.
Hereford’s fourth corner arrived on 23 minutes but again produced no reward although skipper Luke Graham almost got on the end of Watkins’ cross.
But it was the visitors who took the lead on 18th minute.
The ball broke to Craig Hobson on the edge of the area and his finish, although not seemingly cleanly hit, found its way past Bittner.
Hereford tried not to let the early alteration disrupt their momentum but it took a fine save from James Bittner to push away a bullet of a drive from Danny Hattersley in the 14th minute.
The Bulls responded with a couple of corners, from the second of which Stefan Stam headed over from Harry Pell’s flick.
Hereford suffered a blow in the eighth minute when Jackson was carried off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
Bowman was consequently given an earlier passage into the action than he might have expected.
The Bulls forced the first corner of the game in the fifth minute through Jackson. Watkins’ cross was easily cleared, however.
Hereford were on the attack almost from the start with Marsh releasing Marley Watkins on the right to deliver a cross which Sam Clucas headed over.
HEREFORD boss Martin Foyle made two changes for the visit of old rivals Stockport County.
Josh O’Keefe and Simon Clist were both omitted as Martin Foyle reverted to a 4-4-2 formation with Will Evans coming back into the midfield quartet.
With Ryan Bowman still considered unfit to start – he was named on the bench – new loan signing Phil Marsh was named alongside Marlon Jackson in attack.
Hereford: 4-4-2: Bittner; Gallinagh, Stam, Graham, Carruthers; Watkins, Evans, Pell, Clucas; Marsh, Jackson. Subs not used: Hanford, Heath, McQuilkin, Sammons, Bowman.
Stockport: 4-4-2: King; Halls, Fagbola, Tunnicliffe, Newton; Sheridan, Turnbull, Mainwaring, Hobson; Collins, Hattersley. Subs not used: Ormson, Kenyon, Meaney, Rowe, Eckersley.
Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).